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[kuh-los-uh l]
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  1. extraordinarily great in size, extent, or degree; gigantic; huge.
  2. of or resembling a colossus.
  3. (initial capital letter) Architecture. noting or pertaining to a classical order whose columns or pilasters span two or more stories of a building.
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Origin of colossal

First recorded in 1705–15; coloss(us) + -al1
Related formscol·os·sal·i·ty [kol-uh-sal-i-tee] /ˌkɒl əˈsæl ɪ ti/, nounco·los·sal·ly, adverbsu·per·co·los·sal, adjectivesu·per·co·los·sal·ly, adverb


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1. See gigantic.
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British Dictionary definitions for colossal


  1. of immense size; huge; gigantic
  2. (in figure sculpture) approximately twice life-sizeCompare heroic (def. 7)
  3. Also: giant architect of or relating to the order of columns and pilasters that extend more than one storey in a façade
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Derived Formscolossally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for colossal


1712 (colossic in the same sense is recorded from c.1600), from French colossal, from colosse, from Latin colossus, from Greek kolossos (see colossus).

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